Interim Truth-telling report just the first step of journey

Jul 5, 2022

The Co-Chairs of the First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria have received the interim report of the Yoorrook Justice Commission, which outlines the Commission’s foundational work to date.

Assembly Co-Chair and proud Nira illim bulluk man of the Taungurung Nation, Marcus Stewart, said that the report marks the beginning of a process that will inform the shared journey to Treaty.

“Truth-telling is important to Community. That’s what we heard loud and clear during our consultations with mob across the state. Our hope is that the evidence Yoorrook has begun to gather can help us find the path towards Treaty and achieve justice for First Peoples in Victoria,” said Mr Stewart.

Mr Stewart said the Assembly – as the democratic voice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people on the journey to Treaty – will continue to provide guidance and advice to the Commission throughout the truth-telling process.

Assembly Co-Chair and Bangerang and Wiradjuri Elder, Aunty Geraldine Atkinson, thanked Elders who have already come forward to share their experiences with the Commission.

“It can be very difficult to share the ongoing trauma experienced by our people, but it’s important that we take the time to look back so that we can heal and look to the future. The Yoorrook truth-telling process can help develop a shared understanding of our history. That way everyone can work together to right the wrongs of the past and tackle the injustices our people still face,” said Aunty Geraldine. View interim report here

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